Your local physician mentor is your guide to the practice of medicine. You will meet with him or her for at least one hour each week to discuss your studies and other medical practice issues. You may even have an opportunity to tag along on rounds or to shadow the doctor, dependent upon patient approval. You are responsible for finding a mentor in your community and securing approval from OUM. Materials are provided for you to approach prospective mentors. Students may not begin their system-based modules without an approved mentor, so it is recommended that you secure your mentor early in your e-ITM course in order to allow sufficient time to process his/her credentials. OUM provides an honorarium and guidelines for the mentor relationship.